Who is Frank Ocean? Does he actually exist? How come more people don’t dedicate songs to Cleopatra?
These are the questions that popped into my head while listening to “Pyramids,” a song off of Ocean’s upcoming album, Channel Orange, that he released last Friday. Actually, it’s not really a song. It’s a piece of music. Calling “Pyramids” a song is an understatement. It goes in too many directions and goes to too many places. If anything, “Pyramids” is two songs in one- shifting gears from club banger to smooth operator gangster jam halfway around the five minute mark.
“Pyramids” is not just a song. Frank Ocean is not just another singer.
The New Orleans native and member of Odd Future is a smooth-voiced virtuoso- a crooning mad scientist who is besties with the Watch the Throne dudes and a former song-writer for Brandy, the Biebs and John Legend. His album, Channel Orange, will be released later this summer. He’s going on tour this summer to promote the album and will be swinging through Philly July 25th.
For information about Ocean’s Philly show, check out Union Transfer.